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Thoughtful laughing explorer of life.
Interests: radio, zines, cooking, philosophy, walking, cycling, poetry, architecture, trees, water, ecology, mixed media art, contemplation, exploring fibre and frabric as art as well as craft, gardening as meditation and food provider, silence and solitude, living lightly, finding needs met creatively and wants banished gently, blogs and podcasts, community connections worldwide, living a positive productive life with peace and laughter., printing using lino letterpress etc, world music and cinema
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Well, plenty of blank pages and some tweaking to do of the 'cover' no doubt but I have a title and a place to settle some thoughts in days to come, so progress. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Wondrous Ordinary
Oh Matri, it's really not about courage but all about living with situations as gently as I may and saving energy and wit for building on my daily practice rather than using in battle or defeat. It's find markers, beacons and signs for my self and holding on to these gently so they may help rather trip me up but knowing all may become redundant as moments pass and be ready to let them go without a backwards glance so I may discover what will be my new way marks to replace these. I love the idea of getting a long boat, just the head gear I don't fancy...probably look like a member of the chorus in the ring cycle however I have always wished that I could have a Viking funeral but suspect a steel narrowboat would bot have quite the same effect.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2016 on A Next Step at Vernacular Wandering
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Thank you Cathryn, your comment made me smile. I've always adjusted the saying 'The devil is in the detail' with the addition of 'Not if I get there first.' My contract with life and its living could easily become beset by catches built in to the detail but wide nibbed fountain pen full of Imperial Purple soon strikes out such nonsense :0) Then there is that magical word, fearless, which I suspect is etched at the very centre of me just like seaside rock, doesn't mean I'm missing the fear response just no life is too short to waste it hopping from one foot to the other rather better walk forward facing demons and dragons down whilst stepping gingerly over their prone bodies. Thee will never be a memoir, the clue is in the name...memory and I have a long standing very loose acquaintance. Any book would need to be faction and I would need the services of a very patient copy editor for my wondrous typing skills but able to let through the creative grammar and spelling:0)
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2016 on A Next Step at Vernacular Wandering
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Thanks Teresa. Yes I think I am where I need to be at present, though forging forward is probably too strong an adjective for the purposeful plod I entertain:0) This home is the place I have lived longest in, in my whole life, so casting off stuff of this magnitude is really new as I have often moved around with just a large trunk and a box of books, today would need many a trunk and even more boxes for books :0) As to maintaining a semblance or happiness in our own life whilst bringing joy to others I know what you mean but i have always felt happiness is montary wonder and joy the very breath of life, so bring on th joy I say but give me heart and mind to catch glimpse of happiness and be in awe from time to time. Light laughter and joy is sent your way too and may happy healing be your measure too in whatever way that makes sense to you.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2016 on A Next Step at Vernacular Wandering
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It has been a long time it seems since I posted here, seven months in fact. There have been many reasons but much has been expressed in those much abused words ‘circumstances beyond my control’. Much has been health related and much has been about my bloody mindedness, which goes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Vernacular Wandering
Often as I sit quietly first thing in the morning watching the light gradually seep over the top of the valley hills I am overwhelmed by the gift arriving at my feet. There is always a moment when I really feel the new beginning and the clarity of the possibility... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Vernacular Wandering
The line crackled and the tears fell as I caught the cadence of a voice I had not heard for thirty five years. There was no hello, no may I speak to, or even this is. No, I heard the words ‘are you still a full participant my friend’ followed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Vernacular Wandering
I have recently been helping someone learn how to use a rigid heddle loom after she asked if I might be selling one of my looms. I said I wasn’t selling one but one I had given on long term loan would be coming back to me very soon and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Vernacular Wandering
Today has been a looong day, the kind that are often part of my life these days... appointments to keep which involve some medical procedure or other that lead to me beginning to feel oft times redundant as me the human being and obviously 'only' the patient with number and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Vernacular Wandering
I had thought to put this blog to sleep and create another but the reality is that I like this quiet place and there is no one else I am aiming to please or encourage to link, like or ‘listen’ to the posts that will appear here. I’ve only been... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Vernacular Wandering
The long absences here have neither been planned nor railed against they have just been, it is my life. Gaps never filled, activities not remembered, people missed but not as name only feeling, days engaged with but impossible to bring to mind without detailed notes and pictures etc, etc. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
Let the world know I understand it is not grey:0) (hint if you click on the photo you'll get to see the skeins 'large') Flamboyance Yarns Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
Given the title of the last post and the fact that this one is a week later you may understand when I say the next step found me floored and making very few steps since last Saturday. I didn't actually fall off a step or the like 'just' fell from... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
Sometimes I come across something that not only stops me in my tracks but stays with me for days and weeks later. Recently I was pointed towards a video clip on YouTube and found myself sitting watching and listening to a reality, that I recognised on so many levels I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
Low cloud finally lifted and the moon rose on a clear evening tonight. Chilly, but clear and bright - maybe spring is checking out the valley as place to stay for a few weeks rather than what has seemed short hours thus far. Potting up stawberry runner plants given to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
After a whole day with sun and blue sky on Saturday , though can’t really say that the temperature was hot it was pleasantly warm, Sunday brought the return of rain and heavy low cloud so temperature dropped and view of sky or even the bottom of the garden was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
The long fast went well. My body didnt revolt too much, the secret for me is definitely to drink lots and accept that coffee does help with pain meds kicking in to action. I decided that during the hours when I would have been cooking eating etc I would make a concious effort to pause and consider the great fortune I have in being able to make this decision not have it forced upon me by circumstance or edict. No lack, how could there be when I have easy access to clean clear drinking water and if food was needed there is my larder sits ingredients for many a meal. We were blessed with a blue sky sunny day even if the wind was still rather keen so I spent some time outside sitting on the yard with RnB happily snoozing on their rug, after teeth cleaning of course:0) I played with some yarn that I want to weave up into fabric for a Teddy Bear Im wishing to make. Its certainly not going to be a brown or black bear as the colours I was playing with were yellow, black and pink and if you know Sirdar Wash and Wear Crepe youll understand that this is not going to be an understated bear:0) There is a story behind why that yarn and I may well blog that when the weaving has begun in the meantime it makes me smile. Also given that Spring has made fleeting forays in to my garden but declined the invite to stay or even move in a little introduced colour doesnt go amiss. Today rain is back combined with icy wind so makes yesterday all the more a gift.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2013 on Lost in Transit at Vernacular Wandering
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Looking round a room, a building, an expanse of fields and mountains, peering out to sea there is always something I feel that is somehow lost in transit. I know I have all the different documents to cross borders, orders and officialdom writ large but still there is always something... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Vernacular Wandering
Goodness, that sounds like an exciting project to be part of. I wish you well with your bid for the prize but get the distinct feeling that the group of people you have on board will not let prizes or lack of stop this important work. Glad to see that knitting still holds you in its embrace and you find moments to stop and breath deeply:0) We, Rhys and Banon, Flo-cat and me have today greeted the awakening of Spring with time in a rather neglected but much loved garden on a day when blue sky visited and rain is only showing itself now, chilly wind but in shelter the sun was warm on the nose. Daffoduils are showing shoots and buds seem to be forming early even after the last month of -C temperatures, hurricane winds, heavy snowfall and even heavier rain and that was just one day!:0) the joys of a lush green country with a water table that is two or three inches above the ground at present even here on the side of the valley. Glad to hear your family is doing well may the wheels of Academia get some WD40 added to them so you all may be together as you wish sooner than a memo can get round a department, cough. Yes life is loved deeply here in Wales, moments are always so good at continuing to arrive don't you think:0)
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2013 on Another New Year! at lifelong knitter
I celebrate New Year in November - Celtic, Beltane, 1st November so January 1st is a new calendar but not new ‘spiritual’ year for me really. However, I enjoy the sense of the new so the approach of a new calendar year is time for sorting out my desk, putting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2012 at Vernacular Wandering
Seems that Winter Solstice this year is extra special given the doom and gloom from end of world propagators and the cyclical calendar of the Maya… ...for me the Winter Solstice always does seem to mark the end of a world and the beginning of another, as the spec of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Vernacular Wandering
Watching others eat is always interesting especially when they are 12 foot off the ground. The fat ball container hangs from a Hawthorn tree outside my bedroom window, it went up on Monday morning and is proving popular with the Blue Tit and Sparrow communities along with Bull Finch, Wren,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Vernacular Wandering
As autumn turns most definitely and somewhat defiantly to winter the last leaves to dance to earth are replaced by crystallized blades of grass. The sparkling spider’s webs are lost to high winds and driving rain if not hail and snow and the valley regularly wakes to low cloud and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Vernacular Wandering